Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Dublin duo Vulpynes to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
We are Molly and Kaz. We met on an Irish message board called Boards.ie 3 years ago when we were both looking for like minded musicians to start bands. We're both from Dublin. The name 'Vulpynes' comes from an obsession with foxes. We're glad we went with that one because the other band names we were considering sound awful to us now. And we're never telling anyone what they were ;)
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Molly: Most of the music that influenced me growing up still influences me now. My parents and older sister had great taste in music and were really obsessive album collectors, so they were feeding me the likes of Patti Smith, REM, Leonard Cohen, Hole and Nirvana from an early age. Those artists still inspire me. Recently I am listening to a lot of Pete Doherty, Mini Mansions, Interpol and The Voidz. I have a thing for early 00s indie bands, but I also listen to lots of black and death metal. My Spotify algorithims don't know what I'm at.
Kaz: I grew up listening to Manic Street Preachers, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots... mostly 90's grunge rock. My older sister would usually have these bands on repeat in our house. Marilyn Manson, NIN, and early Slipknot too turned out to be big influences for me. I'm awful at keeping up with new music, so I always go back to what I listened to years ago!
How would you describe your sound?
Molly: Heavy and melodic. Not for everyone. And I'm happy about that.
Kaz: A lot of people have different opinions on our sound, and that's good! Everyone hears something different. We've been described as punk, garage rock, grunge and even metal!... and we are probably all of those things mixed together in our own little Vulpyne way!
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Molly: Our latest single is called 'Bitches are like Waves' and it's about watching someone's ego eat them. It's not a very deep song, it's more tongue in cheek. It was one of the first songs we had in our set so we've been waiting a long time to release it.
What’s your local music scene like?
Molly: It's thriving. Every week there are gig clashes. Gone are the days where you would be waiting for a decent gig for 3-4 months. I sound like an aul one now. It's great to see friends of ours in bands do so well internationally. If you knew nothing about the Irish music scene, didn't read any 'next big thing' blogs and hit any of the smaller venues around the country, you would definitely find more than one band that blows you away. The standard is high and that's pretty deadly.
Kaz: Agree with Molly. So many amazing bands in Ireland right now. We've been lucky to play with so many bands we love and respect.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Molly: We are releasing our next EP 'Dye Me Red' on 10" multi coloured vinyl via FOAD Records in September. We'll be announcing some more headline shows and festival dates to coincide with it in a few weeks.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Molly: Tom Morello, Trent Reznor or Enya would be my supergroup.
Kaz: Gary Numan, Trent Reznor, Jerry Cantrell to name a few!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Molly: None that we can share without getting into huge trouble.
Kaz: Yes. I once fell off the drum stool. It pretty much collapsed from beneath me! But, of course, being the professional I am, I kept on playing whilst standing up haha. Only funny in hindsight though!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Molly: We smile way more in real life than we do in photos.
Kaz: Molly is right, we look moody, but we're quite approachable and friendly really! And we like our gin.